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Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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This book was such a pleasurable experience. I feel like sincerely thanking the author for writing it because we all need positive distractions in our lives. I’m a university student who takes school seriously but I also need time to chill with a fun and surprising book. This story combines so many of the things I enjoy immersing myself in: mythology, retellings, forbidden love, competition and reality TV. I especially liked the ways in which Emily Roberson negotiated antiquity and modernity. On ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ya
An interesting concept of combining reality tv and 'famous for being famous' culture and one of the most popular myths in Greek mythology. Entertaining, although a bit irreverent at times (as you would expect from the premise). I always had mixed feelings about Ariadne, but here the protagonist is very likeable and I really enjoyed looking at her as a rebellious teenager who wants to find her own way in life.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for the review copy provided in
- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
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ARC provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Macmillan!!)

you simply HAVE to give Emily Roberson extra kudos for originality. never in a million years would I have been smart enough to come up with a concept that takes an ancient greek myth, reality TV like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and The Hunger Games and blends them in such a dark and seamless way. I was a HUGE fan
The Nerd Daily
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

I finished this story a week and a half ago, and I’m just now finding the words to describe the absolute delight of a story this was to read. It’s been a long time since I last read a retelling of a Greek myth, and I was blown away by how Emily Roberson was able to create this hybrid world of a Kardashian-esque royal family while still observing the rules of the Gods. There are elements of this story that caused me to think of
˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
this book is bizarre yet strangely entertaining?

it’s basically a greek myth version of keeping up with the kardashians & the hunger games so yeah: bizarre

the writing is very reminiscent of 2000s YA and you can definitely tell it’s a debut novel but I was still flying through this.

there are themes about growing up in a reality show and the inner workings of fame. it’s exploitive, sexual, & exactly what you expect in the production of real housewives.

the theme of how mortals blame the
julianna ➹
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unreleased, drc
i love greek mythology and i also love mindless entertainment
this book was a great match for me

review to come :)
Rec-It Rachel
This was fun and I know EXACTLY which of my library teens are gonna go wild over it
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Farrar, Straus, and Grioux/Macmillan for sending me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review..

The premise of this book is so unique, crazy, and completely amazing. I mean, Greek mythology and reality TV are usually not two things that people associate or think of together, but that’s exactly what this book was, and it was so fun to read about.

It was cool and fun to see the ancient Greek world depicted in a social media, entertainment obsessed world similar to our own. I loved
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Yikes, this book is a lot and I'm not entirely sure how to feel about it. I came close to DNF'ing, but it is a pretty quick read so I decided to see it through. I love the concept behind Lifestyles of God's and Monsters, but the execution....had a lot more issues. I am particularly uncomfortable with the handling of certain things given that this is a YA book, and we will dig into that.

This is being pitched as Greek Mythology meets The Kardashians, and in a lot of ways that is quite accurate.
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
I love Greek mythology so this story hit a spot with me. I could not get enough. Brilliant concept.
Dec 19, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: october-2019
I KNOW they wrangle buzzwords and key phrases to sell these things, but this genuinely sounds like "this is about uhhh *spins wheel*--"
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

*Thank you so much to Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Fierce Reads for the opportunity to read LIFE STYLES OF GODS AND MONSTERS!*

I love Greek Mythology retellings, so a modern day retelling of the Minotaur myth? Sign me up! Now lets add in reality TV and fight to the deaths and its basically a kick ass book. This book is basically: Keeping Up With The Kardashians + Greek Mythology + The Hunger Games = Lifestyle of Gods and Monsters. Lifestyle
Katherine Moore
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, blog-tour, 2019-read
This is an astoundingly clever mash-up of Greek mythology, celebrity culture (think 'Keeping Up with The Kardashians'), and the Hunger Games; altogether the story of Ariadne and Theseus is told, where the gods are under the lens 24/7 just like Khloe and Kim, and ratings are always king. The monster is the Minotaur, Ariadne's brother, a tragic character, who is supposed to be killed by whoever solves the maze. Ariadne is caught between helping her new-found love or helping her family, with ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
As penance for the murder of King Minos' eldest son, 14 of Athen's best and beautiful citizens must be sent to compete in the reality show, The Labyrinth Contest, where they would run the maze and attempt to conquer the Minotaur. After, 10 seasons, and lagging ratings, the newly claimed Athenian prince, Theseus, wanted to face the Minotaur in an effort to save his people, but he couldn't do it without the help of the Cretan princess, Ariadne. Would the princess choose her family, or would she ...more
Stacia | stacialovestoread
This book was so. Good!

My full review will be up at on or after September 29. Please visit me there for a full break down!


Thank you so much to FSG & Macmillan Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book to review. I am forever grateful.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating exploration of politics, reality TV, celebrity, and power set in the context of gods and Kim K.
Abigail Nixon
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun and smart read that made me laugh AND cry (just a little bit!) Ariadne learning the true ways of martini-making from her dad felt oddly familiar to me...
I'd be more than willing to accept a boring, ordinary life, if anyone was offering.

The gods laid out the details, and it is up to us to follow them, each of us playing our part. Including me. With the gods involved, it could get way worse.

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters = Greek myth + Keeping Up with the Kardashians + The Hunger Games. This is a retelling of Theseus in the Labyrinth, from Ariadne's POV. In the myth, Crete's crown prince was assassinated by Athenians, so in penance the
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
So requested this book because the synopsis gave me major Hunger Games meets Greek mythology on a reality television show vibes - which I was HYPED about - and that's pretty much what I got!

This story follows Ariadne, the daughter of Cretan reality TV moguls. After the Athenian murder of her older brother, her father organized The Labyrinth Contest, a televised event where fourteen of the best and bravest warriors from Athens come to try and defeat the deadly Minotaur. As Keeper of the Maze,
Katherine Paschal
Ariadne has spent the last ten years as the mysterious keeper of the labyrinth, the one that cares for the beastly Minotaur inside and leads the 14 contestants every year inside for the reality show, The Labyrinth Contest. But nobody knows that she is really a sad teen girl who wants nothing more but to have the show/game end and for her baby brother to get some peace. This year is different though, and it might just be the arrival of Prince Theseus that causes the change.

I love all things
Review originally posted on my blog, It's YA Girl Reviews

Disclaimer: I received this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

As a classics major and lover of all things mythology, I was into this book from the get-go. From the moment I heard about it I knew I had to have it. So I was so thrilled to get the chance to read it before it came out and now I'm thrilled to yell at everyone to read it when it does come out, because it
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* Thank you to the publishers for sending an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *

ACTUAL: 4.5 stars

Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters is a mythological mix of the Kardishian's and Hunger Games (bold, right!?), but a lot of fun. It follows Ariadne, who is always in the spotlight because of her family's entertainment empire. They are most well known for their popular TV show Labyrinth Contest, where Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to slay a monster, but in its 10 seasons, no
Nov 04, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNFed @ 30%

i just... didn't like this. it's not good. i can't tell if the author wrote this as a satire or if she really believes such an amount of oversexualization is something plausible because other than a not-like-other-girls comment every other page (seriously, three different characters said that to ariadne in the span of the same chapter. THREE TIMES.) there's absolutely no critique at all. i was very interested in seeing the dynamics of a modern retelling of greek myths but she went a
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
** A copy of Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters was provided by the publisher and Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review **

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters was one of my anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint! First, the cover is beautiful. Two, a mash-up of Greek mythology, reality TV and today's celebrity culture seems unlikely but it's actually perfect. The Labyrinth Contest sounds like Legends of the Hidden Temple or Crystal Maze, which are shows I loved as a child. I've
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a creative, fun, and unusual book! With an over-the-top social media focused game show (both gruesome and glamorous) combined with the myth of the Minotaur and its elaborate labyrinth, Emily Roberson led Ariadne and Theseus to their fates in a way that was true to the myth while creating an entirely new world for them. Additionally, Ariadne's relationship with the Minotaur was so well developed, full of tenderness and heart, which made the story all the better (and unexpectedly sad in ...more
Kelly Coon
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloody and dark, but filled with warm family relationships too, this take on the Minotaur legend is uniquely suited for our modern, social media age. It's the Hunger Games meets Greek mythology meets the Kardashians, and I was rooting for Ariadne the whole way through!
Erin Arkin
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was different...and good! Full review to come!
LIFESTYLES OF GODS AND MONSTERS is a smarter, shaper, and certainly darker (much darker, oh my god) book than I anticipated and one I would have enjoyed even more if I were currently a teen. The way Roberson tackles social commentary with invented pop culture reminds me a lot of Libba Bray’s BEAUTY QUEENS even if it’s not handled quite as well. I'd still recommend this book to anyone looking for something new in that vein. In short, this wild and a little bit bonkers and there were a couple of ...more
Max Baker
Thank You Netgalley and Edelweiss for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

I was super into this concept. Reality TV isn't something I personally enjoy, but I'm endlessly fascinated by the concept and the culture surrounding it. So when I heard that there was a Kardashian-esque retelling of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, I was all in baby.

Roberson created a unique world in Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters. A fantasy world with modern technology is something that
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely flew through this novel inspecting Greek mythology through a reality tv lens. Seriously, how brilliant is framing the Minotaur and the Labyrinth as a deadly game show? Not to mention the layers shown in Ariadne's sisters, who serve as pawns in their own Kardashian type show. Definitely one you'll want to hand to your book club.
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Emily Roberson has been a bookseller in Little Rock, a newspaper reporter in Vicksburg, a marketing manager in Boston, and a writer in Chapel Hill and Dallas. She is an Arkansas native who graduated from Brown University and has a masters in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and three sons.

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